Dust off your winter boots, don your coat and take a trip to visit some of the capitals finest exhibitions this month.
Churchill’s Scientists – Science Museum
For all good leaders, a fascination with science is a necessity. And Winston Churchill was no exception; an advocate of science and its ability to surge our war efforts forward, this exhibition at the Science Museum looks at the technology that helped us to win the war and gave us some of the century’s biggest breakthroughs.
Combining artefacts, film footage, letters and photographs, the exhibition showcases the stories of some of the period’s most pioneering men and women; from Dorothy Hodgkin’s advancement of X-ray crystallography, to the invention of the radar by Robert Watson-Watt. A number of Churchill’s personal items will be on show, celebrating fifty years since his death.
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War – Imperial War Museum
It is often difficult to comprehend the scale of the First World War; a conflict which saw loss of staggering proportions. Although we know the sobering facts and figures, we have to look at the art and literature of the time to fully understand the personal, human aspect of the war.
This exhibition is split into two sections; ‘Memory’ and ‘Truth’, and is the largest exhibition of British WWI art for almost 100 years. Its aim is to not only portray life at war, but showcase how artists helped to commemorate the conflict and shape the memories we have to the present day.
There will be a number of gallery talks throughout the exhibition period (7th February and 7th March), where guests can tour and discuss the exhibition with members of the museum team.
Rubens & His Legacy – Royal Academy of the Arts
Influencing other artists must be the biggest complement for any creative type, and that’s just what Peter Paul Rubens achieved through his works. Although providing artistic inspiration to the likes of Delacroix, Constable, Rembrandt and even Picasso wasn’t his only calling…he was also a bit of a celebrity and a diplomat.
Rubens was considered one f the most accomplished painters of his time, and enjoyed the hospitality of a number of patrons across Europe, including royalty. On display are over 160 works from the master himself, alongside subsequent generations of artists whose works feature inspiration from Rubens. Grouped in themes rather by chronology, the Royal Academy of Arts provides a rather different take on the work and emotions of the painter.
The Art of the Brick – Old Truman Brewery
If you were a bit of a LEGO fanatic as a child, or even into adulthood (whatever floats your boat), then this amazing collection at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane (perfect spot, really) will be sure to spark some fond memories.
This exhibition has been pretty much all over the world, and comprises a multitude of artworks made entirely out of LEGO. The creator, Nathan Sawaya had spend almost 4,200 hours making the collection, and sculptures include recreations of famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, alongside some more novel builds such as six-metre long T-Rex skeleton.
There is an interactive zone, where children and adults can build their own masterpieces!